plane crashes in Nepal (VIDEO)


The Yeti Airlines flight had 68 passengers and four crew members on board, the airline said

A Yeti Airlines ATR 72 aircraft with 68 passengers and four crew on board crashed in Nepal on Sunday while on a domestic flight from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara.

A video posted to social media appears to show the jet flying at low altitude shortly before the tragedy.

Some immediate reports said all people on board were feared dead. However, Gurudatta Dhakal, a local official, later told AFP that there were survivors.

“We have recovered 29 bodies so far and (we) have also sent some survivors to hospital for treatment,” Dhakal said.

Jagannath Niroula, a spokesman for Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority, meanwhile, told Reuters that at least 40 people were killed. Six children were among the passengers, the Kathmandu Post said.

According to reports, the plane crashed while trying to land at Pokhara International Airport amid bad weather conditions.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency meeting of the government to coordinate the rescue efforts. All flights from Pokhara airport have been suspended.

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